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Library Services for Faculty

Borrowing Items from the Library

Borrowing items from the library is simple; just bring your NECI ID and we can create a user account that gives you access to many valuable library resources for both personal and classroom use. You can search the NECI Library catalog for books, magazines, DVDs and audio books even without an ID. Just use the search bar at the top of the page.


Renew items by calling, emailing, or stopping by the library. Items with a reserve (hold) by another patron cannot be renewed.

Searching Online Databases

Access all of NECI’s available online resources through our database pages: Library Databases and Databases by Title. (Contact the library for login information for off-campus access.)

Purchase Recommendations

The library welcomes suggestions for purchase. If there is something we don’t currently own that you strongly feel should be in the collection to support students or instructors, please let the Librarian know and this item may be added to the collection.

Several publishers also offer review or evaluation copies of books under consideration for classroom use. This is an excellent opportunity to explore possible new resources for your classes. Please let us know if you would like to participate in these programs.

Interlibrary Loan

We are a very small library, so not every item you are interested in will be available in-house. However, Interlibrary Loan is a great option for borrowing items from other libraries around the state. You can call, email, or stop by in person to make Interlibrary Loan requests. There is no cost to patrons; the lending library establishes the length of the loan.


Some instructors elect to place items for their classes on Reserve in the library. Reserve items could include assigned articles, books, or films that you would like all students to have access to. Please contact the library if you are interested in placing items on Reserve.

Curriculum Support

We welcome the opportunity to support your curriculum and classroom work, through collection development and information literacy instruction. You and your students are always welcome in the library, and the librarian is available to visit your classroom or communicate with students online.

To promote NECI’s academic environment, as well as to meet accreditation guidelines, instructors are required to build research, writing, and use of the library’s resources into their classes and syllabi. Additionally, students who are striving to excel often appreciate a “suggested readings” list. Contact the NECI Librarian for curricular integration of library resources.

Professional Development

The library has a growing collection of resources that can help you cultivate your teaching skills. Here is a sampling of the professional development resources that are available.


Educator’s Reference Complete - Hundreds of full-text academic journals and reports, and many reference sources. The focus is on educational principles, psychological development, and best practices in education. (Titles include The Chronicle of Higher Education, Adult Learning, and Diverse Issues in Higher Education.)

Professional Collection - Thousands of teaching and education articles from a variety of journals. (Includes Booklist, Library Journal, School Administration, Resource Links, and Publishers Weekly.)


Crawley, Anita. Supporting Online Students: A Guide to Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating Services. (NECI 371.33 C911s)

Cullen, Roxanne. The Learner-Centered Curriculum: Design and Implementation. (NECI 378.199 C967l)

Harmin, Merrill. Inspiring Active Learning (NECI 371. 02 H287i)

Hegarty, Joseph A. Standing the Heat: Assuring Curriculum Quality in Culinary Arts and Gastronomy. (NECI 371.0711 H462s)

Joosten, Tanya. Social Media for Educators: Strategies and Best Practices. (NECI 371.33 J62S)

Lang, James M. On Course: a Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching. (NECI 378.12 L269)

Mentkowski, Marcia. Learning that Lasts. (NECI 370.15 M46)

Ruben, Brent D. Excellence in Higher Education: An Integrated Approach to Assessment, Planning, and Improvement in Colleges and Universities. (NECI 378.101 R895eg)

Svinicki, Marilla and Wilbert J. McKeachie. McKeachie’s Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research, and Theory for College and University Teachers. (NECI 378.12 M193)

Academic Honesty at NECI

The New England Culinary Institute’s Academic Honesty Policy defines plagiarism as “inadequate citation, copying portions of someone else’s work with only minor changes, or paraphrasing. Plagiarism may occur in the use of written or electronic resources.”

Why Students Plagiarize

Identifying why students plagiarize in the first place can help prevent it from occurring. Among the reasons students plagiarize:

  • Pressure that leaves little room for failure; students feel they have no choice but to cheat
  • Belief that everyone does it; they’ll be at a disadvantage if they don’t too
  • Misconception that it isn’t a big deal; it seems like a victimless crime
  • Confusion about what plagiarism is; lack of education around academic honesty
  • Lack of knowledge about how to properly cite sources, or how to do research

Raising Student Awareness about Plagiarism

Talking with students about plagiarism early in your classes can go a long way in helping them avoid it. You can direct students to the library’s Citing Sources page for a short video tutorial on what constitutes plagiarism; here they’ll also find information on how to properly cite their sources.

Provide concrete examples of what defines plagiarism:

  • Submitting someone else’s work as your own. This includes homework assignments, essays, online course work, or production journals that take any part of another person’s work.
  • Copying someone else’s words, images, or ideas without giving credit
  • Not putting quotation marks around quoted passages or giving wrong information about the source of a quotation
  • Altering key words or phrases of a source, but keeping the basic structure, again, without citing the original source
  • Rewording the order or presentation of an original source, no matter how radically, without giving credit

An excellent guide to point students to is the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL). You can also always direct students to the Library for citation assistance.

Preventing Plagiarism

  • Communicate to students that what they are learning has value in and of itself; test scores and grades are not a means to an end.
  • Remind students that not everyone is cheating. Those who aren’t are actually better positioned to move forward in their careers.
  • Design assignments with specific expectations and instructions; the less instruction, the more students tend to go elsewhere.
  • Tell students the citation style that you require and offer examples of correct citations.
  • Encourage “pre-work”—choosing an assignment topic, using a research log to keep track of sources, submitting introductions, outlines, or a rough draft—that will more require efficient time management.
  • Consider assigning oral presentations where students discuss their research process and how they developed their ideas. This requires students to know and elaborate on material outside of the context of a paper format.
  • Require specific types of resources or research help. For example, require at least two book sources, two journal articles, one interview, one website, etc. Direct students to specific library databases or require that students meet with the Librarian as part of their assignment.
  • Suggest students connect with Learning Services for help with time management, note-taking, and research skills.

Detecting Plagiarism

Look for:

  • Remarkably well-written or error-free work handed in by an average student
  • An off-topic paper that does not match up with the assignment
  • A mix of citation styles (APA, MLA, Chicago) that signals a cut-and-paste job
  • Strange formatting (margins are off, lines misplaced) that may also mean cut-and-paste
  • Dated references that suggest work was purchased from an Internet paper mill
  • Identically phrased sentences that show up in a Google or Grammarly search
  • Information that closely follows online wiki encyclopedia entries, such as on Wikipedia

Additional Resources

Checks writing for grammar errors and for plagiarism. To use, go to the link above and create an account using your NECI email address. You can either upload or copy and paste writing samples to the Grammarly site.

Anti-Plagiarism Strategies for Research Papers - Robert Harris
Author of The Plagiarism Handbook, Harris’ page is designed to raise awareness about why students cheat and how to prevent it.

Avoiding Plagiarism - Purdue Online Writing Lab
Comprehensive advice on how students can avoid plagiarism. Provides guidelines for researching, quoting, paraphrasing, and determining if something is common knowledge; includes classroom exercises.

Minimizing Academic Dishonesty (Center of Teaching and Learning, UC Berkeley)
Tips on “accentuating the positive” in assignments and making your instructions transparent to students.
Provides a thorough overview of plagiarism and copyright, including tips for students on how to develop their research skills. Resources for teachers on identifying and discouraging plagiarism.